Grant Wood Fellow Talk: Joe Osheroff "The Progressive Mask: Exploring the Future of Mask Work in the American Theater"

  • 7:30 PM–8:30 PM

240 Art Building West
141 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City

An interactive discussion that explores the history of the use of mask in society and performance.  With an eye on the future of mask theater, this talk will focus on the question of “What Next?” in terms of theatrical innovation and practice.

Joe Osheroff is the Artistic Director of Homunculus Mask Theater (New York, NY).  He founded this company in 2010 as a means of presenting original, devised theater that explores contemporary mask work.  Since then, Homunculus productions have been recognized with six NY Innovative Theatre Award nominations and three NY Innovative Theatre Awards (Best Director, Best Choreography, Best Design).  As an actor, Osheroff recently appeared in the Broadway Tour of the multiple Olivier/Tony Award winning production of War Horse.  Regionally and in NYC, he has worked with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Acting Company, Utah Shakespearean Company, Weston Playhouse, Roust Theater Company, and Mettawee River Theater Company, among others. He has appeared in numerous commercials and voice-overs.  Television credits include Law and Order and Quantico.  He is a Professor of Acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.  Joe has studied mask performance and mask making at the D’ell Arte School of Physical Theater, as well as with Ralph Lee and Donatto Sartori.   He has an MFA in Acting from the University of California at Irvine.

Cost: Free

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